Is Price right?
The Devil Rays are expected to make Vanderbilt LHP David Price the top pick in Thursday's draft. Though there was no official word from either side by Wednesday evening, the Rays have been following Price closely all season and see him as another high-end advanced pitching prospect to add to their system. "He has everything that we're looking for in a frontline major-league starter," scouting director R.J. Harrison said last week. The Rays have also been considering Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters and California prep third baseman Josh Vitters.
The draft - which will be televised for the first time by ESPN2 - starts at 2 p.m. with the first pick scheduled for around 2:15. The Rays don't pick again until 65th, due to the high number of free-agent compensation picks added after the first round, and then again 95th. The draft goes 50 rounds and is expected to be completed by Friday night.